Reform Programme Engagement

This page is a historic record.

It contains links to old and/or superseded documents for reference purposes only.

For current information go to: Water Services Policy and Legislation (Updated February 2024)

The Reform Programme journey to date has been a long process which builds on engagement with local government, Iwi/Māori and industry experts during the Three Waters Review (2017-2020), and the Water Services Reform Programme.

Beginning in May 2020, the Department undertook an extensive programme of engagement to work with interested parties to refine the reform proposals to ensure the reforms had the best chance of success. This included three series of workshops across the country, webinars, technical reference groups and one on one discussions.

An overview of the engagement undertaken since the reform programme was launched in July 2020 and materials from these past engagements, here: Archived Water Services Reform Information. In addition to an ongoing engagement directly between the Department and iwi/Māori, local government and industry experts, the Department also supports Taituarā, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and industry bodies in engaging on the reforms.

Engagement on three waters service delivery reforms is expected to continue on an ongoing basis throughout the reform programme lifetime (anticipated to take until 1 July 2026).

Alongside engagement with local government, the Department is also continuing our engagement directly with iwi across the country. This includes engagement with groupings of iwi and direct one on one engagement, where invited.

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